Three Southwest states, Osun, Ondo and Ekiti begin recruitment into Amotekun Corps after so many challenges that faced the security outfit.
In a bit to strengthen the southwestern security system, the southwestern governors met to form the “Amotekun” security outfit.
After facing out with so many challenges, three states viz Osun, Ondo and Ekiti begin recruitment intothe Amotekun Corps.
This followed the successful passage and signing into law, the bill backing Amotekun’s establishment in Osun, Ogun, Oyo, Lagos, Ekiti and Ondo. The bills were passed by the Houses of Assembly and assented to by the governors in early March.
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The news about the recruitment in these states was contained in a report by The Nation. The exercise is in stages to guarantee thoroughness.
But while Ondo and Ekiti states are giving specific slots to hunters, farmers and local vigilance groups, Osun has thrown the process open to all interested qualified candidates. They must, however, apply at the local government level. It was also learnt that Osun is not giving any group the privilege to supply personnel to the security outfit.
“If you want to join, go and apply at your local government. Every applicant must be well known at the local government,”
The Nation reported.
Using this method will ensure that only well-known people with a reputable characters are recruited into the corp.
However, in Ekiti State, certain slots are reserved for hunters, farmers and vigilance groups which are believed to have certain level of experience from their quasi-security activities.
Again, The Nation reported that a source said:
“In Ekiti, we gave slots to existing groups, such as vigilante, Agbekoya and hunters’ association because they are experienced. Some slots are also given to local governments while about 20 per cent of the slots have been reserved for administrative staff. That percentage is open to all qualified candidates.”
In a slightly different approach, Ondo State is reserving slots to members of Oodua People’s Congress (OPC), Agbekoya and local hunters, among others. They are likely to make up 80 per cent of the corps, while 20 per cent will be open to the public.
The government believes members of the quasi-security groups are more familiar with the terrain and their experience will be an asset.
“We believe that those people know the terrain so well that there is no need to ignore them and bring people that will start to learn the ropes. Our terrains in Ondo are peculiar, so we prefer people who are already very familiar with them and our people in local communities.
“All we need do is to employ them, train and empower them to do the work officially. That is why we are giving them preference,” a source said.
Meanwhile, other Southwest states have also adopt different strategies in their recruitment processes which is set to commence soon.
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